Organization is one of those buzz words people frequently use to make people more goal-focused, like productivity, motivation or success.
It’s easy to get sucked into the ORGANIZATION TRAP
It usually begins small, with a calendar (to stop you forgetting things) or a desire to work towards achieving something (usually after comments such as `what are you doing with your life?’) and then slowly and surely it spirals into a schedule or a time-orientated lifestyle.
`Why’s this a problem?’ you might ask.
It’s not, at least until organizing becomes pressurizing and scheduling. It really depends on your personality. Some people are super-motivated, get up every morning, exercise, write and run forward onto the day.
I’m more of a, force myself away from my comfortable bed, take ages to get going, work really hard with some distant, foggy goal in mind, person. I take advantage of impetus and nudge myself to get on with it when I’m being too lazy.
So I recently took down my calendar, decided to forget my beliefs about time limits and changed my motivational white board for a push-pin notice board so I can make use of my favourite writing technique:
SCRIBBLING DOWN RANDOM IDEAS and then forgetting about them. all the while trying to keep my novel-writing somewhere at the back of my mind
Sure I could spend my life crafting scenes, driving to get better and better, (I probably will try to anyway) but I also want to keep my sanity and so maybe time-pressuring and extreme motivation techniques aren’t for me.
IT’S ONLY AFTER MUCH STRAYING OFF THE PATH I REALISE I WAS ON THE RIGHT PATH ANYWAY. I DON’T KNOW. MAYBE MUCH OF IT CAME FROM SELF-DOUBT, WHICH CAN THROW YOU INTO WANDERING BLINDLY DOWN OTHER PEOPLE’S PATHS IN CASE THEY’RE RIGHT AND YOU’RE WRONG.